For the second time in a row, international cycling champion Bernado Ayuso, a Motswana rider currently based in Spain under intense training, is the overall champion of the Tsela Riders Otse-Kanye 120Km cycle challenge.
He managed to put up an exciting race and was able to complete the highly regarded race in approximately 2h:45 minutes. In second place was Bright Chipongo who was then followed shortly by Jabu Tabulani who came in third place.
The top three winners went home with P1000, P750 and P500 respectively. The 120Km cycle challenge is an annual competition which is organised by Tsela Riders Club.
In this year’s challenge, there was stiff competition between highly reputable riders such as the likes of Shaun McCommick, Shaun Brewer and Victor Potgieter who gave Ayuso a good run for his money.
The Otse-Kanye route is an intense 120 km cycling race which is strategically placed between the hills in this southern part of the country.
From Otse Police College the route passes some great depressions between Nhlanlhe and Ranaka towards the Trans kalahari highway.
The route has great steep depressions and escalations which give cyclists the ultimate challenge.
Speaking to The Telegraph shortly after the race Tsela riders Secretary General Patrick Tshomane said that this year’s route was indeed a gruelling challenge.
“This year’s course was not an easy terrain because it wasn’t just flat surface.”
He added that this year’s challenge saw riders registering from all over the country.
“We had Jwaneng cycling club, Morupule Cycling club and Botswana Railways cycling club.”
Tshomane added that the race was sponsored by Letshego who sponsored the winners’ medals, Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) who sponsored energy drinks while Emergency Assist offered free medical assistance.